My husband and I are planning to travel to Kenya in July or September 2019. Looking for recommendations to see the Big 5 and to visit an elephant orphanage.
Hi, I just came back from Kenya and Tanzania. The elephant orphanage is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The babies come running in for their bottle fed formula- We are all behind ropes in a big square. We could reach out and touch a baby when it walked by, we didn't (in my experience) get to go up and have any personal interaction because they will be reintroduced back into the wild so minimal contact with us. Fun to watch their bottle feeding and romping and sheer exhilaration of playing in the mud.
I would recommend visiting the Giraffe Center (Nairobi)- I got kissed by big Edd, great photo op.
We saw rhino at Lake Nakuru but at a distance. Must stay on roads, no 4 wheeling around to get better/ up close views. (5 of them in 2 different places)
We did not go to Masai Mara which I had heard wonderful things about- it just wasn't on our itinerary. No rhino at Ngorongoro crater or on the Serengeti- not to say they aren't there, we didn't see them.
On a side note: Botswana- Rhino are only on Chief's Island so we didn't see them on that trip since Chief's Island was not on our itinerary. 9 months ago